Over the last year, the media has mostly tried to pretend that Bernie Sanders doesn’t exist. Partly, it’s due to ratings: all the good juice in in the Republican primaries, and the Democratic race is just too boring to make for good coverage. Partly, it’s because they didn’t realize until recently that he actually had a shot. But mostly, it’s because they all feel that this is Hillary Clinton’s time. After throwing her overboard for Barack Obama in 2008, they are ready to let her have this one.
But now, Bernie Sanders has won a slew of recent primaries and he’s getting harder to ignore. Mathematically, he would still need nothing short of a miracle to get the nomination. But in the realm of perception, he’s gaining on the presumptive Clinton. She’s trying to pivot to the general election, and he’s making it very difficult for her to do so.
For Republicans, this is all good. The more fractious and contentious the Democratic race gets, the better for us. But it’s also important to watch carefully how the media covers this, because it tells you a lot about the kind of thing we’re going to see in the fall. We already knew that we were going to see the media attack the Republican nominee with charges of sexism at every opportunity. What we didn’t know was how frightened they are of Clinton being portrayed as unqualified!
At a rally last week, Sanders said that Clinton was not qualified to be president due to her support of the Iraq war and her cozy relationship with Wall Street. And man, you would have thought he said she murdered a hobo.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, apparently driven to near-insanity by the remarks, said that Clinton was not only qualified – she was “the most qualified person in history” for the presidency. Really? How?
It’s amazing how they’ve circled the wagons on this. It speaks to their insecurity. Even though Sanders was clearly making a rhetorical argument that had little to do with Clinton’s professional resume, Democrats and liberal media pundits have been working overtime to paint the attack as outrageous. Apparently, they are very afraid that this is exactly how people see Clinton.
If you’re Ted Cruz or Donald Trump, now would be a good time to start taking notes.